Columbiana SWCD searches for county’s biggest Buckeye tree

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SALEM, Ohio – The Columbiana County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a Big Tree Contest.

In this contest, entrants submit a nomination form for the Ohio Buckeye tree (Aesculus glabra), which they believe, might be the largest in the county. This year’s tree was chosen in honor of Ohio’s bicentennial.

The nominated trees must be located in Columbiana County and can only be nominated one time. The first nomination received will be entered in the contest.

The tree does not need to be located on the property of the person making the nomination; however, you must obtain permission from the property owner in order to nominate a tree.

The deadline for nominations is Sept. 30.

Trees will be scored by district personnel on three factors: crown spread, height, and circumference. A plaque with the tree’s statistics and a $50 gift certificate will be awarded at the district’s annual meeting in November.

To obtain a contest form contact the Columbiana Soil and Water Conservation District at 330-332-8732 or 877-345-1198.

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